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PerigeoAntologia (Azimut/Abbiamo Tutti Un Blues/Genealogia/La Valle Dei Templi/Non E Posi Cosi Lontano/Live At Montreux/Live In Italy) (8CDs/DVD) ... CD
RCA (Italy), Mid 70s. Used 8 CDs & DVD ... $36.99
A really great run of music from one of our favorite Italian groups of the 70s – a combo who might be called prog rock, but who also have a very fusion-heavy vibe as well! Perigeo seem to come more from the jazz world than some of their Italian prog contemporaries – as they've got these really well-crafted keyboard and guitar solos on some of these albums – as well as some rhythms that occasionally get nice and funky too, which no doubt led to a few of these albums getting issued over here in the US! Yet although we know a few of those early Perigeo gems, this set shows that they were extremely productive in the mid 70s – as the collection features five full albums on individual CDs, recorded over just a four year span – plus the group's rare Live At Montreux set from 1975, and another 2CD live set from Italy in 1976 – as well as DVD video material too! The package is a stunner, even if you know a few of the group's other albums – and it features the full albums Azimut, Abbiamo Tutti Un Blues Da Piangere, Genealogia, La Valle Del Templi, Non E Poi Cosi Lontano, Live At Montreux 1975, and Live In Italy 1976 – plus the DVD as well. Box also includes a nice book – with notes on the group and their music in Italian. CD

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Houston Person & Ron CarterChemistry ... CD
High Note, 2016. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
A brilliant late-life session from these two jazz giants – and maybe the most striking record we've heard from either player in years! The album features just the bass of Ron Carter and tenor of Houston Person – in a wonderfully stripped-down setting that really gets right to the heart of the matter, and which lets us hear both musicians at a level that's extremely up-close and personal – as they improvise with undimmed magic on a set of standards that really turn into something else entirely in their hands! Carter's a player who we've always known to take best advantage of open space like this – and Person is equally great in the format, and maybe wins us over even more than on any of his other recent dates for the label. Titles include "Bye Bye Blackbird", "Blue Monk", "Blame It On My Youth", "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "Fools Rush In", and "Can't We Be Friends". CD

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Oscar Peterson5 Original Albums (Plays Count Basie/Portrait Of Frank Sinatra/Jazz Soul Of/Plays Porgy & Bess/West Side Story) (5CD set) ... CD
Verve (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $21.99
Five Verve albums from a stretch when the legendary Oscar Peterson was really hitting his stride – packaged here in a single collection, all in tiny LP-styled sleeves! First up is Oscar Peterson Plays Count Basie – which features Count Basie taken down a few notches – not in quality, but in terms of the size of the group – as Oscar really opens up some of the Count's standards in a whole new way, by playing them with a stripped-down quartet that features Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Buddy Rich on drums. Given that Rich is working with the Peterson trio, their sound has a bit more bottom than on some other Verve sides from the time – grooving things nicely in a true Basie way, on a set of tunes that includes "Blues For Basie", "Broadway", "Topsy", "One O'Clock Jump", and "Jive At Five". On Jazz Portrait Of Frank Sinatra, Oscar pays tribute to Frank – but he uses his keys, not his voice – to come up with some great renditions of tunes from Sinatra's classic Capitol years! It's true that Peterson was known to vocalize on some sessions (most notably on his tribute to Nat King Cole, recorded a few years later) – but this album is straight trio grooving, with Peterson skipping soulfully over the keys of the piano, abetted by Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums – in a wonderfully-crafted set of tunes that includes "Witchcraft", "Come Dance With Me", "You Make Me Feel So Young", "All Of Me", "It Happened In Monterey", and "The Tender Trap". Jazz Soul Of Oscar Peterson is one of the first Peterson albums to ever feature "soul" in the title – added, no doubt, as a way of keeping up with Ray Bryant and other pianists making their name in the growing soul jazz field at the time! There's a groove here that's a bit harder than usual for Peterson on Verve – a heavier approach to rhythm on the keys, and a more focused trio formation – one that clearly sets a pace for albums to come in the 60s, but which must have been relatively striking to Peterson fans at this point. The trio here features Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums – and tracks are longer than usual, with some really great room to stretch out! Titles include "Liza", "Con Alma", "Close Your Eyes", "Maidens Of Cadiz", and "Woody'n You". Porgy & Bess is less an interpretation of Porgy & Bess than an extrapolation of its themes – one that lets the Peterson trio recraft the music into their own! Given that the Porgy & Bess theme had been explored heavily by many other jazz albums of the late 50s – due to the release of the film at the time – Peterson clearly knows he's got to take a different approach here, and manages to dissect the tunes in really unique ways – bringing in gentleness where it wasn't before, and finding space for new music between notes that are already familiar. Of course, it helps a lot that he's got Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums – as the album's almost a three-pronged melodic attack – with great versions of titles that include "Summertime", "I Got Plenty O Nuttin", "I Wants To Stay Here", "Oh Lawd I'm On My Way", "Bess You Is My Woman Now", and "Bess Oh Where's My Bess". Last up is the West Side Story score – but handled here by the great Oscar Peterson Trio – in ways that really push the tunes past their Broadway roots! The approach is tight, soulful, and filled with strong lines from Peterson on piano – plus bass by Ray Brown and drums from Ed Thigpen – that classic trio from the early 60s that came together in different ways than Oscar's group of the 50s. The set features an especially nice long take on "Jet Song" – plus versions of "Something's Coming", "Somewhere", "Tonight", "Maria", and "I Feel Pretty". CD

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✨✧ Shawn PhillipsSpaced ... LP
A&M, 1977. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Wonderful! Shawn Phillips started his career as a shaggy folk rocker with a bit of a jazzy twinge – but this album collects odd bits and pieces that were left off of earlier albums, and works perfectly as a record that shows a whole new side of his genius! The album shows Phillips as a master of the funky jazz groove – and although he's still singing on some of the songs, he also lets loose with a number of instrumental cuts, laid out in a tight well-produced mode that puts them up there with some of the best work coming out on labels like Fantasy or Blue Note during the mid 70s. The centerpiece of these is the massive long cut "We Came To Say Goodbye", which builds and builds over the course of 15 minutes, with cool keyboards, great guitar, and the kind of tightly compressed grooves you'd expect to find on a Headhunters album (no surprise, since Headhunters Mike Clark, Bill Summers, and Paul Jackson are on the cut!) Other instrumental tracks include "Prelude To A Leaving" and "Italian Phases" – and strong vocal numbers include "Parisian Plight 1" and "Your Eyes". (Soul, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Dave PikeJazz For The Jet Set ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1966. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
A classic little album that's every bit as groovy as its cover – served up by vibist Dave Pike, and one of the first true expressions of his talents! The set's a standout early American date that predates Pike's later experiments for MPS – done in a great blend of soul jazz and some tighter Atlantic Records influences – all served up by a hip group of players that includes Billy Butler on guitar, Clark Terry and Marty Sheller on trumpets, and Grady Tate on drums – plus Herbie Hancock making a rare appearance on organ! There's a great little bounce to most numbers – not really funk, but a blend of soul instrumental and more contemporary jazz styles – in a way that takes a Blue Note groove more towards the jukebox audience. Titles include "When I'm Gone", "Devilette", "Sweet Tater Pie", "Blind Man Blind Man", and "Sunny". CD

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Bud PowellStrictly Powell ... CD
RCA (UK), 1956. New Copy ... $8.99
Strictly Bud Powell, in the best sense of the word – as the album's a sharp batch of trio tracks recorded for RCA in the 50s, and a great showcase for Bud's firey talents on the piano! The rhythm combo features bold work on drums from Art Taylor, alongside the bass of George Duvivier – but Powell's definitely the leading light here, as the album features some of his tremendously deft work on the keys throughout. There's a nice tension to the material – played with a strength that matches most of Bud's other work from the time – but a bit different than some of his other recordings for Verve and Blue Note. The set features 11 tracks in all – and titles include "Time Was", "Jump City", "Elegy", "Coscrane", and "Topsy Turvy". CD
Also available Strictly Powell ... LP 34.99

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Bud PowellStrictly Powell ... LP
RCA, 1957. Very Good- ... $34.99
Strictly Bud Powell, in the best sense of the word – as the album's a sharp batch of trio tracks recorded for RCA in the 50s, and a great showcase for Bud's firey talents on the piano! The rhythm combo features bold work on drums from Art Taylor, alongside the bass of George Duvivier – but Powell's definitely the leading light here, as the album features some of his tremendously deft work on the keys throughout. There's a nice tension to the material – played with a strength that matches most of Bud's other work from the time – but a bit different than some of his other recordings for Verve and Blue Note. The set features 11 tracks in all – and titles include "Time Was", "Jump City", "Elegy", "Coscrane", and "Topsy Turvy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some masking tape on the top & bottom seam, wear and peeling in one corner.)
Also available Strictly Powell ... CD 8.99

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Andre Previn & Russ FreemanDouble Play! ... LP
Contemporary, 1957. Very Good+ ... $49.99
A goofy title and cover – but a really unique session of two-piano jazz, recorded with Russ Freeman and Andre Previn on the keys, plus only the drums of Shelly Manne to provide additional support! The sound is really great – and Previn's especially wonderful here, really stretching out to meet the harder style of Freeman. Both players also seem really inspired by Manne's drum work – and in a way, it almost feels like Shelly's directing the piano from the drum kit, especially on the more uptempo numbers. The notes do a very detailed job of breaking down the piano work, so that you can figure out who's soloing when – and titles include "Who's On First", "In The Cellar Blues", "Called On Account Of Rain", "Fungo", "Safe At Home", and "Double Play". Baseball, anyone? LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy original mono pressing with deep groove. Cover is nice and crisp!)

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Dudu PukwanaNight Time Is The Right Time – 60s Soho Sounds ... CD
Cadillac (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... $14.99
A completely unique slide of work from Dudu Pukwana – a side of the reedman you may never have heard before! Dudu's best known for his work in the Blue Notes – that legendary avant assemblage of South African players – and although he's also recorded in other creative settings, this may well be the first time we've heard him on a soul jazz session – burning brightly with some killer Hammond from organist Bob Stuckey! The combo's tight and right on the money – grooving live at Ronnie Scotts with the feel of some Prestige Records sax/organ group of the mid 60s – a real change for Dudu, but one we really love! Pukwana still puts in lots of unusual edges in his music – some odd tones and unusual shifts that really keep things interesting – especially giving the group's use of mostly original compositions, most by Dudu! Titles include "Jauana's Dream", "Messengers", "Kicks For Sale", "B My Dear", "Moonshine", "Kippie", and "Blessing Light". Plus, the CD features 5 more tracks by a trio that features Stuckey on Hammond and Terry Smith on guitar – "I Feel Pretty", "All Of You", "When I Grow Too Old To Dream", "Bob's Hop", and "Sweet Georgia Brown". CD

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QuartabeLicao #1 – Moacir ... CD
Tratore (Brazil), 2015. New Copy ... $14.99
A very cool Brazilian combo – one who offer up some wonderfully fresh interpretations of work by the great Moacir Santos! Santos is one of our favorite Brazilian talents from the 60s and 70s – an artist who really broke free of basic bossa conventions, and instead created complicated rhythmic patterns that still allow for lots of melodic improvisation – in ways that showed strongly on both Santos' and Horace Silver's Blue Note recordings of the early 70s! The vibe here is a bit like those – smaller combo instrumentation, with a definite current of jazz – but also instrumental currents of choro at times too, especially given the great use of reeds. The group features tenor, keyboards, and clarinet over some very lively rhythms – and titles include the Santos numbers "Odudua", "Coisa #3", "Rota", "Suk Cha", "Coisa #8", "Nana/Coisa #5", and "Felipe" – plus the group's originals "Moacirsantosiana #10" and "Nana Nene". (Brazil, Jazz) CD

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Alvin QueenJammin' Uptown ... LP
Nilva, 1985. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A soul jazz gem from drummer Alvin Queen – one of the overlooked treasures on his own Nilva Records label from the 80s! The set's a monster all the way through – a cut above so many other sides like this from the time, and put together with a sock-solid energy that almost recalls earlier brilliance on labels like Blue Note or Prestige! Queen's at the head of the group on drums – pushing the lineup with Blakey-like intensity, yet in a slightly looser, more open feel overall – especially when it comes to the structure of the solos. Players include Manny Boyd on saxes, Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, John Hicks on piano, and Ray Drummond on bass – the last of whom produced the record with a very jazz-sensitive ear! Titles include "Hassan", "Europia", "Jammin Uptown", "After Liberation", and "Mind Wine". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaTo Those Of Earth & Other Worlds – Presented By Gilles Peterson ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 16.99
A really beautiful collection of rare tracks from Sun Ra – put together by the mighty Gilles Peterson, who we've trusted for years to give us some of the most soulful, cosmic music on this planet! Gilles has a wonderful ear for a certain strand of sounds from Ra and the Arkestra – their more spacey, more spiritual moments – which are strung together in this wicked double-length collection – which also includes a few tracks never issued before! The inside is as beautiful as the cover, and the whole thing's got copious notes on the music – including some track-by-track details that never showed up on some of the original records. 2CD set features 34 tracks in all – with titles that include "When There Is No Sun", "Spontaneous Simplicity", "Love In Outer Space (voc)", "On Jupiter, "We Travel the Spaceways", "Sleeping Beauty", "Mystery Mr Ra", "Blackman", "The All Of Everything", "The World Of Africa", "They Plan To Leave", "Children Of The Sun", "Dreaming", "Black Sky & Blue Moon", "Enlightenment", and "India". CD

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Freddie ReddUnder Paris Skies ... CD
Futura (France), 1971. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A beautiful later set from pianist Freddie Redd – an artist we really love for his 50s recordings, and his seminal sides for Blue Note – and one who shows us a whole new side of his talents here! The album's got a very different feel than Redd's earlier work – richer in feeling, and deeply personal – played with a sense of tone and space that are not unlike Hampton Hawes during the same stretch – but still graced with those surprising sharp edges and dark corners that always hold us rapt with Freddie's music. The tunes are all originals – proof that Redd continued strongly as a writer – and the group features Didier Levallet on bass and Didier Carlier on drums. Titles include "This Heart Is Mine", "You", "My God Is Love", and "Bleeker Street Blues". CD

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✨✧ Freddie ReddWith Due Respect ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2016. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
It's easy to give the great Freddie Redd due respect – especially when the pianist sounds every bit as wonderful here as he did on his classic Blue Note albums from decades back! Freddie's a hell of a pianist, with a very unique vibe – able to be modern in conception, but lyrical in execution – sharp edges and angles warmed with a sense of humanity that always has Redd's music making this beautifully inherent sense, and drawing us right in, right away! The same seems to also be the case for his sidemen – who really flower in the setting – a lineup that includes John Mosca on trombone, Chris Byars on alto and flute, and Stefano Doglioni on bass clarinet. Mosca's trombone is especially nice – a real treat to hear in Redd's music – and titles include "A Night In Nalen", "Reminiscing", "Blue Hue", "I'm Gonna Be Happy", "OD", "Ole", "Lady J Blues", and "Melanie". CD

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Dizzy ReeceManhattan Project ... LP
Beehive, 1978. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Excellent later work from trumpeter Dizzy Reece – best known for his classic late 50s sides on Blue Note and New Jazz, but heard here as part of a great flurry of 70s revival sessions! The work's got an arch modern tone that's really surprising – almost a bit like Ted Curson at times, which is no surprise, since he and Reece were playing together a bit in the late 70s. Tracks have a nice "statement" quality – played by a bold group that includes Clifford Jordan, Charles Davis, Albert Dailey, and Roy Haynes – tight in formation on the themes, but breaking loose with some great work on the solos. Titles include "Con Man", "Manhattan Walk", "Yule On The Hudson", and "One For Trane". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bernd Reiter with Eric Alexander & Helmut KagererWorkout – A Tribute To Hank Mobley & Grant Green ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2016. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
A tremendous tribute to the classic Blue Note team of Hank Mobley and Grant Green – served up here with the tenor of Eric Alexander and guitar of Helmut Kagerer! Mobley and Green were a hell of a combo back in the day – a team that graced some of our favorite records ever for Blue Note – and while it might be a mountainous challenge to try to take on that legacy, this duo do a pretty great job – especially Alexander, whose soulful, hard-blown tenor seems born for the project! Kagerer's pretty great, too – maybe a bit more chromatic than Green at times, but in ways that also show his development as his time at Blue Note went on – and almost in ways that recall some of Mobley's rare use of other guitarists too. The rest of the group features Olivier Hutman on piano, Viktor Nyberg on bass, and Bernd Reiter on drums – and titles include "Getting & Jetting", "Workout", "Super Jet", "Uh Huh", and "I Want To Hold Your Hand". CD

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Dannie RichmondOde To Mingus ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1979. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A great ode to Dannie Richmond's longtime musical partner Charles Mingus – who'd passed shortly before this session – done with styles and sounds that are quite different than some of Richmond's other work! The album's got a definite blue tone – Richmond really feeling Mingus' loss, and not yet beginning to replicate his styles that much – and the album's long title track features a very drawn-out bass part by Mike Richmond – played almost as a funeral dirge to Mingus, which is then built up by the tenor sax of Bill Saxton and piano of Danny Mixon. Other tracks are shorter, and almost have a sonically poetic feel – with loads of complicated percussion work from Dannie – and titles include "Ode To Mingus", "Olduvai George", "Drum Some Some Drum", and "Love Bird". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Max RoachDrums Unlimited ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
The drums are certainly unlimited here – and the album's a really unique one, in that it shows Max Roach in 2 different settings – one with a group, and one that's simply solo! One batch of tracks has Max in the company of a tight group of soul jazz players like Freddie Hubbard, Roland Alexander, James Spaulding, and Ronnie Matthews. The group is very tight, and they've got hard wailing sound similar to a Blue Note group, but with a bit more of a soul jazz feel. They play on two long tracks – "Nommo" and "In the Red". The rest of the tracks – "Drums Unlimited", "The Drum Also Waltzes", and "For Big Sid" – feature Max playing solo, which is a rare treat for a recording of this vintage. The tracks are great, with a very musical groove, and lively playing by Max that never gets too self indulgent. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red and green label Rockerfeller pressing, in a gatefold cover.)

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Max RoachIn The Light ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1983. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Max Roach continues the fine line of work with his fresh-voiced quartet of the early 80s – a very hip group that features a young Odeon Pope on tenor, plus Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet and Calvin Hill on bass! The work's similar to Roach's quartet sessions of the late 70s, although perhaps a bit more introspective – not as bouncing and joyous as when Billy Harper was with the group, but still freshly modern, and a good indication that Max continued to grow strongly as a player during the time – never content to just rest on his good name from the old days, and always forging forward into fresh jazz territory. Titles include "In The Light", "Good Bait", "Tricotism", "Henry Street Blues", and "Ruby My Dear". LP, Vinyl record album
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Max RoachKarbouda (aka Again, aka Mop Mop) ... CD
Fuel 2000, 1960/1961. Used ... $6.99
Some of the hippest Max Roach work of the 60s – issued here professionally for the first time in years! The first tracks in the set are from a concert in Paris, with Max's group that included Tommy & Stanley Turrentine, as well as Julian Priester. The tracks are long and open-ended – with an approach that you wouldn't find on the group's Mercury sides from the time – and two Roach originals in particular – "Kardouba" and "Stop Motion" – are especially great, and have the Turrentines stretching out in a soul jazz searching mode that's quite different than their Blue Note work. This approach is continued strongly in the set – which features Clifford Jordan on tenor, Coleridge Parkinson on piano, and Abbey Lincoln on some vocals – all recorded at an unknown location in 1961. Again, the Roach originals – especially "This Night Mountain" and "Ceciliana" – are the tunes to watch – but there's also some great other work, including "Jordu", "Who Will Buy", and "Love For Sale". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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